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JBL Synthesis SDA4600 is more than sufficient for me. I've got two of these rebranded (Crown DCi 4|600N) amps driving three M2s, utilizing 6 of the available 8 channels. Checked it out with Harman Luxury Audio in advance and got some good advice about using these amps for M2s across the front, then utilizing my current Synthesis® amps for subs, surrounds, and heights in conjunction with a new Lexicon w/Dirac Live.
When someone writes "reference" I'm never sure what he or she specifically means. I know that 600W per driver is enough to go beyond any reference I'd ever want to listen to, certainly well past 115dB at 3m with these M2s. According to OSHA's exposure limits, 15 minutes at 115dB causes permanent damage; I usually stay at 85dB as a median. So, 1200W/per driver is not needed for me.
I suppose if the M2s were in a very large space, cubic-volume-wise, then doubling the power to 1200W per driver might add some limited oomph, but the original design goal for these did not include filling overly large volume rooms. They are, after all, studio monitors, meant to perform well and with a high level of control in studio-sized spaces of 3,000 to 4,000 cubic feet. Most studio mixing rooms have larger dimensions with higher ceilings than found in most home theater installations. My space is around 2,000 cubic feet, with virtually all the noisy and heat producing gear on the other side of the wall in another room. 600W per driver is plenty in that intimate space.
What I can afford, when I can afford it...